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Prime minister-elect Tony Abbott delivers his victory speech today in Sydney, Australia. Photograph: Rob Griffith-Pool/Getty Images

Key policies of Australia’s new conservative prime minister Tony Abbott, who has swept into office in national elections to end six years of centre-l(...)

Australian prime minister-elect Tony Abbott is surrounded by his family after acknowledging his victory in the election today. Photograph: Lisa Maree Williams-Pool/Getty Images

Australia’s conservative leader Tony Abbott has swept into office today in a landslide election as voters punished the outgoing Labor government for s(...)

An electoral officer at the Balmoral polling station puts together ballot boxes and voting booths at a small hall in Sydney today. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters

Millions of Australians voters will take to the polls on Saturday morning in an election which is expected to remove the Labor Party from power after (...)

Opposition leader Tony Abbott addresses the media as his daughter Francis Abbott looks on at the Rosella factory yesterday in Dandenong, Australia. Photograph: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images

The Liberal-National coalition, which looks set to win a landslide victory in tomorrow’s Australian election, has been sharply criticised by the Unite(...)

Australian opposition leader Tony Abbott stretches his legs after running up Castle Hill in Townsville on Saturday. Photograph: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images

As the clock strikes 9am in Ireland next Saturday, polls will close on Australia’s east coast. By the time polls close on the west coast two hours lat(...)

Labor MP Deborah O’Neill, a former Sydney Rose of Tralee, who faces an uphill battle to hold her seat in next month’s Australian election.  Photograph:   Alan Porritt-Pool/Getty Images

If the Irish Labor candidates don’t retain their seats in the forthcoming Australian election, then Labor is very unlikely to retain power.Wicklow-bor(...)

Australian opposition leader Tony Abbott shares a joke with members of Mernda football club in Melbourne while on the election campaign trail today. Photograph: Graham Denholm/Getty Images

Australia’s opposition, tipped to win next month’s general election, promised today to revive tough laws barring thousands of asylum seekers already i(...)

Australian prime minister Kevin Ruddgreets students after visiting the facilities of Macquarie University in Sydney as part of his election campaign. Photograph: Daniel Munoz/Reuters

With three weeks to go before the Australian election, the minority Labor government is fast running out of time to improve its poll standing and reta(...)

Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd (left) and opposition leader Tony Abbott shake hands at the beginning of the leaders’ debate at the National Press Club in Canberra yesterday.  Photograph: AP Photo/Andrew Meares

The Australian prime minister has used the first election debate to promise legislation on gay marriage within 100 days were he to be re-elected, “as (...)

Rupert Murdoch,  who controls 70% of metropolitan press daily sales in Australia. Photograph: Rick Wilking/Reuters

One of Rupert Murdoch’s biggest money spinners, The Simpsons television show, has sometimes featured curmudgeonly old Mr Burns instructing his ever-su(...)

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